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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Do you dream of living more sustainably? Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to make that dream a reality.

Learn to reduce your footprint on the planet in an affordable way, engage positively with your surroundings and help your community gain the benefits of sustainability too.

Choose from our nationally-recognised Permaculture certificate courses to one-day workshops and short courses.

Develop your interests in sustainability by enrolling, today.

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Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC

<p>Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your

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Native Plant Identification and Bush Tucker

Native Plant Identification and Bush Tucker

Join us for an introduction into the wonderful world of plant identification and become familiar with some of our local rainforest species and unique bush tucker. In the spirit of fun and inquiry, we will cover some basic and intermediate level botanic terminology, identify rainforest species, plant families, and discover what edible fruits, shoots and roots are available in this area. We will delve deeper into the nuances of plant ID and the interconnectedness of plant Families,... [More]
$123 Limited inc GST / $111
Native Plant Identification and Bush Tucker

<p>Join us for an introduction into the wonderful world of plant identification and become familiar with some of our local rainforest species and unique bush tucker. In the spirit of fun and inquiry,

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Native Bee Keeping

Native Bee Keeping

Social, semi-social and stingless bees all play a hugely important role in the Australian ecosystem, pollinating our unique wildflowers and more. This Native Bee Keeping course is completed on one Saturday. Learn about bee morphology, nesting biology, foraging behaviour, the importance of bees in natural systems, and the effectiveness of stingless bees as a pollinator of farms and gardens. You will also learn about structured Natural Hive Duplication NHD, which is being adopted by... [More]
$95 Limited inc GST / $85
Native Bee Keeping

<p>Social, semi-social and stingless bees all play a hugely important role in the Australian ecosystem, pollinating our unique wildflowers and more. This Native Bee Keeping course is completed on one

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Beekeeping

Beekeeping

This workshop introduces potential bee keepers to the delight and fascination of this rewarding hobby. The session covers safety, myth busting, hands-on bee keeping (Steve will bring along a beehive), legal requirements and the most important thing – how to get started! Please wear a broad brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt with a collar, long trousers, shoes and socks as you will get to handle the bees if you would like to. What to bring Pen and paper Bring your own lunch Please wear... [More]
$149 Limited inc GST / $134
Beekeeping

<p>This workshop introduces potential bee keepers to the delight and fascination of this rewarding hobby. The session covers safety, myth busting, hands-on bee keeping (Steve will bring along a

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AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW! Permaculture is a richly rewarding career, where you can immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices. It can provide you with opportunities to work in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. This Certificate IV Qualification aims to expand your existing knowledge of... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS407)
AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

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AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. You will learn: Permaculture principles and ethics Integrated plant and animal... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT302)
AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

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<p><strong>Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable?</strong></p>

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Click APPLY NOW to request an Application Form for this course.

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AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments? A career in horticulture is a great choice if you enjoy working outdoors. It can provide you with vast opportunities to work within a wide range of horticulture settings. You will be guided by our highly skilled, industry current trainers who will help you develop the personal and professional skills required to start your career as a sought-after horticulturist, in an evolving and... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY301)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Implement a plant nutrition program (AHCPCM301)
  • Troubleshoot irrigation systems (AHCIRG306)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL305)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)
  • Transport and store chemicals (AHCCHM304)
AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

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<p><strong>Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments?</strong></p>

<p>A career in horticulture is a great choice

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production. You will learn how to... [More]
$1,500 Limited inc GST / $1,350
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can we integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in our daily lives? We will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life. Topics covered include... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

<p>What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can we integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in our daily lives? We will explore the foundations of Permaculture,

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Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas, breads, crock pots and so much more! Come along for some fun & be prepared to get muddy! Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. What to bring Clothes that can get muddy Pen & paper for notes Refreshments Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a... [More]
$260 Limited inc GST / $234
Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

<p>This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas,

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